An Artsy Afternoon at the Turbine Art Fair

The 2nd annual Turbine Art Fair was held from July 17-20 2014. This was a fantastic opportunity to view the talented work of a selection of South Africa’s top emerging artists. One of the emphases of the fair was accessibility of the artwork and for those attendees looking to add to their art collections or to get one started, all items were priced under 30,000 ZAR.

Turbine HallTurbine Hall

The impressive Turbine Hall in the Newtown district was host to the art fair. Initially a power station starting in the late 1920’s until 1961 when it was decommissioned, its captivating architectural style makes this the perfect venue for contemporary art.

Turbine HallTurbine Hall. I loved the intricate iron rafters and wonderful lighting.

Turbine HallTurbine Hall

NewtownView of Newtown buildings from Turbine Hall

In honor of Nelson Mandela Day (July 18) a very special project called 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day was featured. The goal of this project was to donate 67 blankets to the needy. By donating a blanket on July 18 that you had knitted you received free entrance to the fair. These blankets were so beautiful and it looked like the goal of 67 was far exceeded.

67 Blankets67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

Mandela Doodles

Stands with various Mandela quotes where you could doodle what the quote means to you. This is one of my favorites.

Even though my knowledge of contemporary art is minimal (ok, non-existent), I really enjoyed the creativity and energy found in so many of the artworks. Here are a few that I found especially intriguing. Unfortunately I didn’t note the artists so if anyone reading this can provide any names I would be happy to add them.


CatI loved the simplicity of this one


Mirella Bandini – InertMirella Bandini – Inert



Fresh ProducePart of Fresh Produce Display


CakesLooks real enough to take a bite or two…

Wood SculpturesWood Sculptures

The cozy wine bar was an inviting spot for a break in the art viewing action. There were also food stalls and seating outside for those wanting some lunch or a light snack.

Wine BarWine Bar

Turbine HallTurbine Hall


Giraffes welcoming fair goers

Turbine HallTurbine Hall

The Turbine Art Fair is set to be an annual event, so if you are interested in contemporary art, pencil this in for next year. In the meantime, there are a host of other art events in and around Joburg all year round. Some good websites to keep up with all the happenings are Johannesburg In Your Pocket and What’s On Johannesburg. If you have other great art events to recommend, please let me know in the comments.

Nelson Mandela BridgeLeaving Newtown over the Nelson Mandela Bridge

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